„Tell, rather than write, because I have nothing to write with and writing is in any case forbidden. But if it’s a story, even in my head, I must be telling it to someone. You don’t tell a story only to yourself. There’s always someone else.
Even when there is no one.“

—  Margaret Atwood, livro O Conto da Aia, The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Chapter 7 (pp. 39-40)

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